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disaster. oil is flowing from a damaged well after the deadly explosion off the coast of louisiana. today we learned the oil is spilling out much faster than experts thought, in fact five times as much as the early estimates. the obama administration is doing what they can to keep the damage to the minimum but they made it clear had he hold british petroleum fully responsible for the spill. >> the key thing is there has been the inability of bp to, through whatever meth dynamical to get it shut. >> because of that as much as 5,000 barrels of petroleum is flowing into the water, more than 200,000 gallons of oil per day. it's floating to the surface and spreading across an enormous stretch of the gulf of mexico. the latest pictures from nasa give us an idea of the side of the oil slick. it's the dark area in the photo to the right, stretching more than 100 miles. the wind is pushing it closer to land and the leading edge is less than 20 miles from the mouth of the mississippi river and the delta in louisiana. once that oil hits that land, when expert insists the oil disaster at the exxon va
in louisiana. >>> what's being billed as the first ever cancer vaccine. >>> and reversal of fortune. an oklahoma man's bang-up job at a parking lot garage. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hi, ev. great to have you with us. good morning. i'm thomas roberts. despite desperate attempts to protect the louisiana shoreline, it's now officially made landfall. louisiana's governor has declared a state of emergency as officials warn this could become the nation's worst environmental disaster in decades. there could be untold economic and environmental dev vags. nbc's jay gray is in louisiana with the very latest. jay, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, thomas. the worst possible scenario as the oil moved into the louisiana westlands overnight just ahead of a team from washington. overnight oil from that massive slick reached the louisiana marshlands. >> we are deploying as if this would be a major incident. >> reporter: today a team of cabinet secretaries sent to the region by president obama will direct the clean-up effort. >> my administration will continue to use e
with a national disaster unfolding in the gulf of mexico. the oil spill has hit the southern tip of louisiana and folks are preparing for an economic and environmental catastrophe. the middle military is involved. the area labeled sheen, the purple-brown part shows how far and wide it's spread. the green on the upper left of your screen, delicate wetlands. this is the first picture of a bird affected by the oil spill. we'll see more of these. the woman is trying clean it off. we're told the oil will begin hitting other states over the next few days. south mississippi, lower alabama, west florida, all preparing for the worst. especially the region's seafood industry but the oil company responsible, bp, is doing all it can. >> several teams are working on it 24 hours a day and not just bp. we have agencies in, we've got several government agencies so the best and brightest. >> the weather is making the situation worse. waves up to 7 feet threatening to push the spill further across the gulf than originally predicted. there's indication the booms are not holding up and the beaches may be next. w
. as sunrise broke over the louisiana delta this morning, it was already clear by the strong winds and high tides there was a storm on the horizon. >> total catastrophe. a hurricane hitting us a little bit at a time. >> reporter: today that hurricane, a massive oil slick came ashore. not long after, the first oil slick bird covered in light sweet crude from the bp spill. louisiana governor bobby jindal who already declared a state of emergency today urged the oil company and the federal government to do more. >> i'm certainly worried the booms as currently deployed are not effective. the areas will be impacted first by this oil spill. therefore, critical and fragile coastal sites. >> reporter: that is exactly what i saw this afternoon at the mouth of the mississippi. there were plenty of pelicans, but surprisingly, few booms. here at the tip of south eastern louisiana, many of the booms are no match for the waves stirred up by high winds blowing at 25 miles per hour. today the federal government did approve jindal's request to deploy the national guard and sent in a team of cabinet secretar
there. oil from that massive spill has begun seeping into louisiana's delicate marshlands, threatening hundred of species of birds and fish, and so far, there is no stopping it. with oil still leaking from b.p.'s underground well at a rate of 5,000 barrels every day. the slick is now as much as 70 miles wide and 130 miles long and growing. the coast guard is heading up efforts to corral it, but the weather isn't cooperating. waves as high as seven feet are pushing it over the booms that have been set up to contain it. and strong winds tomorrow are expected to drive the oil further inland. in some places, the oil is no thicker than two nickels stacked together, but cleaning it up is costing b.p. as much as $7 million a day. mark strassmann is in venice, louisiana, tonight. mark, what's the latest? >> reporter: katie, with disaster in the wind, the latest is that the obama administration today bashed british petroleum. they urged the company, almost ordered company to work harder, faster, and smarter on this cleanup. but around here, many people also bash the government for its response
to wash ashore. slivers of crude are hitting the louisiana coast and pushing in to the mississippi delta threatening one of the world's richest seafood grounds. so far there's no stopping the leak from the sunken oil rig which has the potential to become the worst oil spill in u.s. history. mark strassmann has more. >> reporter: they burned off some of the thickest layers before high winds put a stop to it. bp has mobilized more than 1100 workers, 75 vessels and 400,000 feet of boom trying to corral the oil and protect miles of fragile shoreline. threatened, louisiana's barrier islands, a buffer against hurricanes, and its marshlands and more than 400 species of wildlife. including whales, dolphins and the brown pelican, louisiana's state bird. from texas to louisiana, environmentalists are preparing for the worst. volunteers are already being drafted to wash off animals. louisiana shrimp season was opened early to allow shrimpers to salvage what they can of their catch. >> this is the time of the year that they all come in. with the oil slick, it can kill all the shrimp coming in, so we
>>> this morning on "early today," deep sea disaster. an oil rig explodes off the louisiana coast. >>> solar sensation. glimpses of the sun as you've never seen it before. >>> leap of faith. a former baseball player's amazing path to home plate. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry, and today we begin withholding out hope. coast guard officials are combing the waters off of louisiana this morning searching for 11 oil workers. the crew remains missing after a catastrophic explosion rocked an offshore oil rig late tuesday night. nearly 100 workers have been rescued while four of the other 17 injured remain in critical condition. nbc's jay gray reports. >> reporter: the agonizing wait stretched into the early morning for 11 families in south louisiana. >> we have no idea where the 11 people unaccounted for personnel are at this time and we're going to continue to search. >> reporter: the men are still missing after a violent explosion late tuesday night on this oil rig about 50 miles off the coast. as the search continued oversight,
, but cleaning it up is costing b.p. as much as $7 million a day. mark strassmann is in venice, louisiana, tonight. mark, what's the latest? >> reporter: katie, with disaster in the wind, the latest is that the obama administration today bashed british petroleum. they urged the company, almost ordered company to work harder, faster, and smarter on this cleanup. but around here, many people also bash the government for its response as being too little, too late. again today, another 200,000 gallons of oil poured into the gulf, and within hours, it could begin to smother louisiana's coastline. this bird, a young northern gannett, was found caked in oil offshore and scrubbed clean, an omen of what's to come with an estimated 400 species at risk. so the obama administration today massively stepped up its presence to take control of the crisis. >> approximately 1900 federal response personnel are in the area and more than 300 response vessels and aircraft on the scene 24/7. >> reporter: the president sent three cabinet members to the disaster zone and ramped up pressure on british petroleum, o
of louisiana. it's the first animal they have recovered that has been, as you see, covered in oil. they are using dawn dish washing soap to clean off the bird. so far the only oil-coated animal they have found. they expect to see more if this is not cleaned up sooner. >>> and we expect to get the latest in a news conference, with janet napolitano and bp's chief officer, and we'll bring that to you as soon as it happens. >>> a federal judge in chicago refused to issue a sep for president obama to testify at former illinois governor blagojevich's corruption trial. the judge said blagojevich failed to supply what would be material from president obama at the stand. blagojevich is scheduled to go on trial june 3rd. >>> and emergency teams are on the scene of an accident in washington, d.c. involving two tour buses that collided head on. one bus was parked on the curb and another bus slammed into it. crews managed to free one of the drivers, but they are working to get the other person out. both drivers' injuries are serious and potentially life threatening. >>> and there are two lawsu
and wildlife from louisiana to florida. >> brown: and i'm jeffrey brown. on the newshour tonight, as an ecological disaster loomed, president obama directed that no new offshore drilling leases be issued. we get an update from newshour corespondent tom bearden in louisiana. plus, admiral thad allen, the commandant of the coast guard, on the latest containment and clean-up efforts, and an assessment of the potential environmental damage to the region. >> woodruff: then, spencer michels reports from arkansas, where a senate primary fight between democrats is heating up. the senate race in arkansas is unique in that the current u.s. senator, democrat blanche lincoln is being challenged from the left. >> brown: we get the weekly analysis of mark shields and david brooks. >> woodruff: and on this 35th anniversary of the fall of saigon, ray suarez talks to james zumwalt about his new book on the vietnam war, seen through the eyes of north vietnamese and viet cong veterans. that's all ahead on tonight's newshour. and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and...
today," crisis compounded. a burning oil platform sinks off the coast of louisiana, raising fears of an environmental disaster. >>> fiery debut. the air force launches a top-secret mini shuttle. >>> and extraordinary tale. why a german shepherd in alaska is being hailed as a hero. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with lost at sea. things are looking grim for 11 men still missing after a burning oil rig in the gulf of mexico exploded and then sank. now the coast guard is gearing up to combat a potentially catastrophic oil spill. nbc's jay gray has the latest. >> reporter: while choppers and coast guard cutters continue to search the waters off the louisiana gulf coast, officials now admit, hope is waning that any of the 11 missing oil rig workers survived. >> they may have been onboard the rig and not able to evacu e evacuate. >> reporter: as the rescue effort seems to slowly slip toward recovery, there's a new concern. after burning for more than 35 hours, the platform collapsed and sank below the water's sur
research council president possibly, sarah palin, and louisiana governor bobby jindal. this is live coverage on c-span. we expect this to get underway shortly. >> hello, everybody please take your seat. the program is going to be started momentarily i am the director of the southern conference. while we're waiting to start, we have a few people that need to report to stage west. executive director of the republican party of louisiana. ronald, steve, dave roberts, paul, in frank store, please report to stage left. thank you. >> we are just a minute or so away from the start of the general session of the southern republican leadership conference taking place at the hilton riverside hotel. we will hear remarks from alaska governor sarah palin this afternoon. also louisiana governor bobby jindal. and texas governor rick perry. we expect this to get underway in just a moment. live coverage on c-span. harapp >> again, we're live from the hilton riverside hotel in new orleans where we are awaiting the start of this other leadership conference this afternoon. we expect remarks from alaska g
started to wash ashore in louisiana this morning -- the slick from the sunken oil rig has started to wash ashore in louisiana this morning. >> it could be worse than the exxon valdez oil spill. louisiana fishermen rushing to scoop up shrimp while crews work to contain the damage. they are spreading miles and plielz of ploating booms around fragile marshes. the governor of louisiana has already declared a state of emergency -- they are spreading miles and miles of floating booms around fragile marshes. >> i have ordered officials to visit the site on friday to ensure that bp and the entire u.s. government is doing everything possible not just for respond to this incident but also to determine its cause. soy we requested additional booms to cover all coast layers. that would help to protect our coast, our fisheries as the oil comes closer to our coast. >> the louisiana governor now asking the federal government to call up some 6,000 national guard troops to help. we are going to get more on what is happening right now when we go live to the louisiana coast in just about 10 minutes. that wil
of emergency in effect in the state of louisiana, and a grim countdown is under way until crude oil reaches the shoreline. the white house is involved, the government's been mobilized, it's been declared a spill of national significance. it's five times larger than we were first told, spilling out in three different places. if it's allowed to continue, this could be bigger than the exxon valdez. this could give the current position of the slick the leading edge is just a few miles from shore now. our correspondents are in place beginning with our chief environmental affairs correspondent anne thompson. she is in venice, louisiana, tonight. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. as you can see behind me, they have been loading boom on to boats all day long as time is running out for louisiana to defend itself against an onslaught of oil that officials say could be devastating. this marsh is in the spill's bull's-eye. the wetlands of louisiana on high alert for oil that could come as early as tonight. >> it's still three miles offshore, and we are expecting continued southeast winds
yield the floor. mr. dorgan: mr. president, i informed my colleague from louisiana, senator vitter, to ask unanimous consent on an issue that he has been holding or blocking and it's the issue of the promotion of general walsh, a distinguished american soldier who has served his country for 30 years and served in wartime. who has been approved to have a promotion to the rank of major general by the senate armed services committee and that committee approved that promotion unanimously. the committee headed by senator carl levin and john mccain, both strongly support the promotion of general walsh. that support was given and the notice of promotion was voted on by the armed services committee in september of last year. this soldier's career has been put on hold by the hold of one senator, the senator from louisiana. i informed him that i would speak on the floor on this so i'm not -- i am not being impolite. i normally would not speak of another person solely on the floor of the senate, yet, the senator from louisiana is the one who has exhibited the hold to prevent the promotion of
. a giant oil spill is getting closer to the louisiana coast. what is doing to combat this invasion? military assets are being put on stand buy for possible deployment. the louisiana governor has declared a state of emergency. three officials are traveling to louisiana today to inspect efforts to contain the 120 mile oil slick. officials tell us the first likely areas to see any oil along the shore are venice and reynolds wolf is on the coast. a couple of questions. what are you hearing as to when this slick might make landfall? and then i've got to follow up for you. >> that's a great question. it's a question that everyone wants answered. earlier this morning, around 3:30, there were limbary reports that it made contact with land. all unconfirmed. and then at 7:00 eastern time, the coast guard had an aerial reconnaissance looking to see if indeed it made contact with the coast. but i will tell you, with this oil slick, which continues to grow, again, it's bringing out around 5,000 barrels per day. it's inevitable that some of this is going to make its way to the coastline. >> reyn
disaster, has threatened to reach the louisiana shoreline. threat ping fragile marshland and wildlife and the fishing industry. the white house is now involved. and the military is prepared to move ships and personnel to the region. this morning we're covering the story like in one else can. suzanne malveaux. and rob march yiano tracking th winds. let's start with reynolds wolf. >> reporter: the latest we've got. despite reports, the coast guard hasn't confirmed the oil has made it to shore. at 7:00 eastern time they'll make an aerial reconnaissance. i can tell you it's been very active in this area, venice, louisiana. but this is certainly not the only one. there are many ports just like this. yesterday, bobby jindal declared a state of emergency for the state of louisiana. with that, they put out 170 feet -- 170,000 feet of emergency booms and putting out another half million before the next couple of days. they are acting quickly to try to stem the flow, the advance of this tremendous oil. >> you went out on a boat to get a closer look at the oil slick and how it's moving around in
and the state of louisiana. senator i'm speaking of is bill nelson, democrat of florida. he's long been a critic of offshore oil drilling. here's what he said this morning. >> panicked because we got a lot riding on this right here. this is our economy. we've got a lot riding on the bays and estuaries that spawn our marine life. we have a lot riding on the united states military have been an unfettered testing and training range. >> okay. bill nelson spoke in pensacola, a navy town now a staging area for shoreline protection. he is demand that president obama stand down on his plans to eventually open up more of the gulf and other coastal waters in the united states to oil exploration. here's what the president says. >> i've ordered secretary salazar to conduct a thorough review of this incident and report back to me in 30 days on what, if any, additional precautions and technologies should be required to prevent accidents like this from happening again. we're going to make sure that any leases going forward have those safeguards. we've also dispatched teams to the gulf to inspect all deep water
a moment. they are already seeing oil covered wildlife in louisiana. >> this afternoon the federal government approved a request from louisiana governor bobby jindal to employ -- deploy at least 10,000 national guard troops. oil continues to slowly creep into louisiana's wetlands. >> a total catastrophe. >> only this is a man-made disaster. rescue teams have already found animals that in that muck. >> the containment at the site has not been effective. the spill is still putting out 200,000 gallons of oil a day. it is a river into the gulf of mexico. >> it is pouring out of the crippled deepwater horizon 3. >> this is a new challenge. it is something we have never had of this magnitude before. >> for the first time today, coast guard officials are putting a timeline on when they might be allowed to control the flow of oil. >> we hope that within the next week that will be able to put a cap at the leak site so that we can take that oil up to the surface through a hose and have it put onto a barge so that we do not have the release into the water. >> right now is in the water, and ac
. >>> out of control in the gulf of mexico. oil spills ashore in louisiana and threatens four other states. what could be the worst environmental disaster in the u.s. maybe ever. >>> it's time to listen to the people. that's exactly what i've done >>> and mr. independent. charlie crist's decision to say good-bye to the republican party. will the voters follow? good morning. it's april 30th, 2010. i'm savannah guthrie. >> i'm chalk todd. >> to the run down. we're going to start on top of that massive oil spill in the gulf of mexico which is now threatening the shores of the united states. the navy, coast guard and national guard are trying to contain the leak spilling 5,000 barrels a day. mark pot ser in port sulpher, louisiana this morning. what everybody's trying to find out is when are we going to see, are we going to see oil start coming ashore? >> that may have already happened. there's a little bit of a controversy over that or a dispute right now. the coast guard is saying it does not have official confirmation it has come ashore. but it's going to happen soon. i'm facing directly to
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. [applause] [applause] >> also speaking at the southern republican leadership conference was louisiana governor, bobby jindal. this is about 25 minutes. [applause] >> thank you very much. thank you for the very warm reception. thank you. i want to thank you for that generous introduction. he is the great new senator. i want to welcome our guests from all over this great country to the great city of new orleans and the great state of louisiana, home to the world champion new orleans saints. we invite you to extend your stay, enjoy the beautiful weather, enjoy our great food, our great weather, our great culture. if you would spend a little extra money in our hotels and restaurants, we would appreciate it. just a word to rnc staffers, you might want to stay away from burgonet street, just a word of advice. -- from bourbon street, just a word of advice. let me be clear. i am not running for president of the united states of america. i have the job i want. here's our happy to report that louisiana is doing better than ever before. since i am not running for president, i can speak very dire
. but there are other colleagues of yours that disagree. louisiana senator mary landrieu pointing out these spills are very rare, a .right of 0.001%. most of the time oil is produced and transported safely. what do you say to that? >> well, look at the potential magnitude. why did not the back-up safety mechanisms work? this thing is moving east now, toward florida. i can tell you people down here are panicked. our tourism, pristine beaches, base and estuary where marine life is spawned. our military training area, the largest for the military in the world, all of these things are threatened. >> are we putting too much -- you say you're pleased with the white house response too far. are we putting too much trust in the oil companies? >> we have to have the assurance we have the back-up systems. now, was it not just the back-up systems, which are obviously not functioning to close off the valves, but was it that the cement around the pipe that's supposed to secure the hole, was that defective? all of this is going to have to come out in an investigation. >> right. all right. well, we'll be watching
200,000 gallons each day. >> woodruff: and i'm judy woodruff. on the "newshour" tonight, louisiana's governor declared a state of emergency and the u.s. navy was en route to help clean up the slick. we get the latest from "newshour" correspondent tom bearden on the louisiana coast. plus a b.p. spokesperson and a coast guard rear admiral. >> brown: then, we get an update on immigration policy, as senate democrats unveil a national plan. and civil rights groups challenge arizona's new law. >> woodruff: and margaret warner reports from rome on the impact of the child sex abuse scandals on the catholic church and on pope benedict the 16th. >> i think it's a communications nightmare. enron was more manageable than what's happening now with the church. >> brown: that's all ahead on tonight's "newshour." major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: >> this is the engine that connects abundant grain from the american heartland to haran's best selling whole wheat, while keeping 60 billion pounds of carbon out of the atmosphere every year. bnsf, the engine that connects us. the n
, leading edge of that slick lapping ashore in the bird's foot delta, end of louisiana that looks like a bird's foot. that area, marshland area, wildlife management area, is that righting to see oil there. that's a very bad thing because there's more to come. the worst of the oil five miles offshore. wind is significant for several reasons. one, it's blowing oil towards shore. kicking up waves, 5 to 7 foot waves out there. that means booms out there may not work because the waves will be carrying the oil over the booms. same thing for the in-shore protection they are putting up. they are really concerned. this is just the worst thing that could be happening right now. here where i am in a fishing town, port sulfur, louisiana, the fisher, shrimpers, oystermen are concerned this could ruin their industry if the oil comes in as feared. also the wildlife concerns here are a major concern. hundreds of species could be affected. we talked to someone from estuary program in louisiana. he says this could have a catastrophic effect on birds, marine life, mammals. they are watching helplessly as
the world. we'll have it for you. jane: and we start with what is happening off the coast of louisiana this morning where the oil spill is worse than expected, and now the u.s. military may be getting involved at some point. the coast guard says 5,000 barrels a day of oil are spewing from that platform that sunk in the gulf, five times more than previously thought. and a third leak has been found. the guard says a test burn on an isolated area of the spill looks like it's working. this is video of what a controlled burn on the open seas looks like. time is crucial here because the first reaches of this growing oil slick could hit the gulf coast as soon as tomorrow. chris gutierrez is in venice, louisiana, right on the tip as you see from that map. can you explain more how this burn works? >> reporter: absolutely, jane. they're doing that controlled burn, or they did it yesterday about 15 miles off the coast from our location here, but essentially the way it works is teams work to corral thousands of gallons of that oil from a spot, and then they remove that from the actual oil spill of
and still heading toward the louisiana coast. we have live team coverage. another good sign for the economy, as first quarter growth numbers come out. could uncertainty over the iraqi political situation keep america troops there longer than expected? li live from our studio in washington this is "special report." good evening, i'm bret baier. oil from a sunken rig in the gulf of mexico now reached the louisiana coastline. much more is on the way, along with bad weather. the military is now involved in the effort to head off an environmental disaster. or at least try to. we have fox team coverage. senior white house correspondent major garrett reports on the administration's response. correspondent jonathan serrie looks at the economic impact on the fishing and tourism industries, but we begin with correspondent kris gutierrez live in venice, louisiana, the staging area for the clean-up effort. good evening, kris. >> reporter: good evening to you, bret. mother nature is not cooperating with the massive clean-up effort underway off the coast in louisiana. strong winds and a rising tide are p
. we have more on the cleanup of the louisiana coast. >> the deep water horizon oil creek lies nearly a mile beneath the surface of the gulf of mexico. it is seen to be leaking as much as 42,000 gal. of oil per day. species from louisiana to florida are being threatened. the brick exploded killing 11 workers. -- the rig exploded, killing 11 workers. it appeared to be unmanageable as bill at first. after the initial accident, authorities assured us that it was under control. however, this bill is now 25 times larger than it was a day earlier. the sensitive gulf ecosystem of shrimp, fish and coral is threatened, as are islands and beaches from louisiana to florida. >> more angry protests in arizona over the tape -- over the state's tough new immigration laws. the law goes into effect this summer. it requires police to question anyone they suspect is in the country illegally. critics are planning to fight the measure in court. they call it a violation of civil rights. coming up, we are on a storm watch. we have been tracking the very latest on this severe thunderstorm. >> i am live on in
the louisiana coast. there's great concern now the slick will damage sensitive wildlife habitats tas drifts towards land -- as it drifts towards land. >> reporter: the giant oil slick could wash ashore to louisiana by tomorrow. five times more oil than previously thought is leaking from a damaged drill site, about 5,000 barrels a day, this after a third leak was found suing oil to the surface. >> what we will do actually doesn't change. >> reporter: the u.s. military is now offering to take a bigger role in the cleanup, something bp oil, the company operating the drilling rig welcomed. on wednesday bp and the coast guard conducted a control burn out at sea. fire resistance containment booms are used to corral the oil. bp has failed in its attempts to close an underwater well. they fear it could reach habitats and fiduciaries along the louisiana coast. >> i don't think you will stop this oil from reaching and. the question is where, how much. >> reporter: with their livelihood in jeopardy, oysters and shippers are volunteering to drop containment booms from their boats to stop the spread of
for the cost, but the federal government will do all it can to prevent a disaster. we have more from louisiana. >> oil continues to creep into the marsh lands on the southern edge of louisiana. more boats are coming to the area, hoping to block the flow, as crews worked to contain the slick. it is more than 45 mi. wide. >> this is a challenge of a magnitude we have never seen before. >> and just as daunting is trying to cap the crippled well, which is leaking in at three places. close to five at thousand barrels per day are pouring into the gulf. >> absolutely no one wants to stop this more than i do. we have people working 24 hours per day in the four different locations to try to stop the flow and protect the shoreline. >> from washington, the secretaries of homeland security and the department of the interior as long as the administrator of the epa are all in the area to oversee the effort. they are also investigating what caused this mess. >> bp is ultimately responsible for paying the cost of clean-up operations. but we will continue to assist communities. >> president obama has announced
, and 11 people off the coast of louisiana after a huge oil rig explosion. >> and the president wants to -- it is illegal. >> why the changes to the $100 bill? the changes coming up. >> the ratings on the way out, so what can we expect for the weather? we have the forecast still to come at 6:00. >> your watching abc 7 news at 6:00. and tim brant, sports. >>> a fiery blast, evacuations for the offshore oil rig. >> it was 50 miles off the coast of louisiana, the simi- submersible rig considered the most advanced was operating in 5,000 feet of water. >> the explosion tore through the oil rig 50 miles off the coast of louisiana. 126 workers scrambling to get off the burning wreckage and on the lifeboat in the gulf of mexico. and the coast guard helicopters that responded. >> we are taking a load. >> many were transported to hospitals with injuries, several listed in critical condition. 11 people are still unaccounted for. the explosion happened tuesday night with the fires burning in the wednesday. they did the best to put out the fire on the drilling rigs and dark in danger at -- and are
'm robin meade. listen, an environmental disaster is bearing down on the louisiana gulf coast, and damage to wildlife, tourism and people who make their living from the water could be huge. we will take you there live. richard lui is there with a live report on the gulf oil spill. >>> john edwards' former mistress said she followed her heart and explains why they made a sex tape. >>> then, hey, forget the pharmacy. some people are getting their prescription from an atm. >>> first, though, we could be seeing the nation's worst environmental disaster in decades arriving on our shores right now. oil from a rig that sank in the gulf of mexico is now just off the coast of louisiana. experts say that oil slick is so big, that it's frightening. louisiana governor bobby general dell estimates it's 600 square miles and has declared a state of emergency. you see this and can't help think of the exxon valdez along alaska. back then the valdez spilled until it was empty. no one has figured out how to get this leak stopped yet. we're talking about more than 200,000 gallons a day. correspondent richard
, a massive oil slick headed for shore in louisiana. the governor has declared a state of emergency now. this is just tip of the iceberg. the first state will see it get much worse over the next few days and possible weeks. reynolds wolf life in venice, louisiana. reynolds? >> reporter: well, i'll tell you, we are still watching a lot of action and watching that oil get closer to shore. still no confirmation as to whether or not it has made direct contact here in louisiana. still waiting to here if they know, they have confirmed yet if it has made contact. there are some reports that say that it has. one thing we have seen about the action that has been take place arks lot of boats helping to put out over 175,000 feet of that protective barrier around much of the state line around the region. they are expecting another 5,000 feet of that to be put in other parts of the region, all parts of the ramped up effort since bobby jindal, the governor in louisiana, declared this place under a state of emergency. >> we requested additional booms to cover all coast areas impacted by the oil spill.
on the louisiana bayou, the bp oil rig catastrophe could soon be the most destructive oil spill in u.s. history and you are about to feel the ripple effects, folks, no matter where you live, an entire generation of gulf shrimp, the big ones you pay top dollar for at the fish market, now swimming directly into the slick, thousands of fishermen, horrified as the gushing well at the bottom of the sea endangers their livelihoods. ahead of prime time soarist -- tourist season, beaches, the coast could be deserted, enough oil leaked to produce 100,000 gallons of gasoline, fuel for about 375 round trips between new york and los angeles, that spill now more than three times the size of rhode island. and president obama, halting all new off shore drilling projects effective immediately. kris gutierrez is at the heart of it all in ven iz, louisiana. now that the oil has reached the shore, is there anything standing in its way? >> you know, megyn, the thing they had deployed was that boom. we've been talking about it for the past several days. it's that orange floating barrier. that was the first line of
're in "the situation room." >> strong winds could push an oil slick on to the shores and the louisiana coast is being threatened as well as parts of florida, alabama, and mississippi. florida's governor declared a state of an emergency following the lead of louisiana only the day before. obama administration officials in the spill zone say that they are pushing bp, the company that leased the leaking well to do more and prevent a spill and cause a major national disaster. the drilling rig exploded in the gulf unleashing what the government is saying about 5,000 barrels of oil a day. a full review has been ordered. let's go to dan lothian who is working on this story. >> reporter: first of all, a lot of people are asking whether the administration has acted quickly enough but they are defending their actions saying that the morning after the accident david hayes went to the region. they also point out that the difficulty in all of this is that the situation has been very fluid and robert gibbs says anyone who says that the government is playing catchup now is badly ilinformed. >> so concerned
to louisiana arkansas to alabama killing nearly a dozen people including three children one of them a 3-month-old. hundreds of buildings are destroyed and hard hit mississippi. as rescuers look for anyone unaccounted for. >> we worked for something for 44 years and just in a matter of a minute or two and it's all gone. >> reporter: residents now focus on cleanup as the national guard patrols from the ground and the air. in a helicopter, mississippi governor haley barbour toured the devastation. the images of a ravaged county is one he takes pearlly he viebd what he saw as utter obliteration. because of the sheer magnitude, the national weather service says it may not understand the full scope of the deadly storms until tuesday. in new york, terrell brown, wjz "eyewitness news." >>> and first warning weather coverage continues once again with meteorologist bernette woods with the intensity of the twisters that touched down this weekend. hello, again, bern. >> hello, i want to show outef scale because it's official it's an ef4 tornado that brought the damage and unfortunately the deaths to miss
more resources to clean up operation the oil slick is washing up on the coast of louisiana and is threatening three other states. this is the latest images from space and how far it is projected to spread by saturday. >> along the coastline, the future of some of the most fragile x systems hangs in the balance -- ecosystems hangs and the balance. the marshlands are home to hundreds of species. it now a sinister mass slowly seeping among the isolated inlet's is approaching their delicate world. we moved along one of those inlet's into the gulf of mexico, past the armada of vessels trying to save the entire area, just off the coast we found the edge of the slick. i don't know how obvious it is on television, but this water is black. there is a layer of oil on the surface. every now and then, with the wind, you could smell it. the wind is the problem, driving the oil slick in that direction towards the land. for fishermen, that is a frightening prospect. >> commercial fishermen, i sharpers, twisters, it will be bad. -- shrimpers, oysters, it will be bad. >> they are clear wher
of mexico, begins lapping up on shore, headed first for the waterways of louisiana. >> now, the race against time to protect hundreds of animal species and countless jobs in the fishing industry. >>> also, new weapon. doctors excited about a new tool in the fight against an especially deadly cancer. >>> good morning. thanks for being with us on this friday. the fragile ecosystem of the mississippi river delta is under attack this morning. oil from that massive slick began washing ashore overnight. >> here's the very latest. the oil sheen has reached land. but thicker oil, as thick as mayonnaise, is about five miles offshore. the white house has dispatched janet napolitano and ken salazar to the region today. >> high winds are hushing the oil towards shore. and it will reach more populated areas by the weekend. we start with john hendren in venice, louisiana. >> reporter: it's visible from space. and heading toward shore with a fragile gulf coast that could be felt nationwide. >> this is a spill of national significance. >> reporter: the spill is gushing up to 210,000 gallons of oil per day.
ecológico en estados unidos, el derrame de petróleo que ocurrió a 50 millas de las costas de louisiana, el presidente obama, ha suspendido las perforaciones para saber por qué pasó este accidente. >>> la fuga de petróleo, son 5 veces más de lo que se pensaba inicialmente, mientras se lucha a brazo partido para controlar el detrsastre la casa blanca, po detención mar adentro para saber qué causó el daño. sigo creyendo en nuestra pro discusi producción doméstica de petróleo es buena pero tenemos que ver la seguridad del medio ambiente. mientras continua la lucha por contener el derrame el gobernador de la florida, se unió a de louisiana para declarar emergencia, la compañía pagará los reclamos legítimos ligados a la perdida. está trabajando 24 horas no solamente nosotros si no varias personas del gobierno decía esta portavoz, ten nos a los mejores expertos y estamos tltrabajando toda capacidad para prevenir que el crudo llegue a tierra, hay daños severos la fauna marina, afectando la pesca de louisiana, mississippi y a la florida. >>> esto no se perecupera, 2, 3 años, est
have breaking news we're following out of louisiana. a massive oil slick washed ashore overnight and could cause an environmental disaster of epic proportions. an oil rig exploded this week. you know about that. the deadly accident plunged this platform under water where it's now leaking oil and they can't stop it. jeremy hubbard has more. >> reporter: louisiana governor bobby jindal has declared a state of emergency so officials could begin preparing for what possibly could be the worst oil disaster since the exxon valdez. he's also asking for a federal government response so the national guard could help. >> it's very difficult under these circumstances to have any precise estimate. >> reporter: british petroleum, the company responsible for the oil rig,calling on the u.s. military for help. the navy is sending miles of booms and skimmers. the department of defense is unsure what kind of impact they can have. the spill is now impacting the bayou with its fragile fisheries and over 400 species of wildlife. the coast guard had hoped to stop it from reaching the shore, setting it
in the gulf of mexico is washing ashore in the american state of louisiana. four southern states are being menaced by the oil slick which is a threatening environmental and economic disaster. at the white house says no new offshore drilling will be authorized until a full investigation has been done into this bill perry >> evening, the threat of ecological disaster hangs over this entire region of the u.s. i just got back from seeing the oil slick. it is still growing, still heading towards land. along a massive stretch of coastline, the future of some of the most fragile x systems hangs in the balance. at the marshlands where the mississippi river flows into the gulf are home to hundreds of species. today, the oil is approaching their delicate world. it is spreading out from a ruptured pipe well below the surface, a sinister mass slowly seeping among the isolated inlets. >> this is a very big thing. the efforts that will be required to do anything about it as it continues on our just mind boggling. >> we went down one of those inlets and into the gulf of mexico, passed an armada out of ve
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